Short-Term Nuisance. Learn How To Spot Them And Keep Them At Bay.
Although average high temperatures in Maryland can be 10 degrees lower in Oakland than in Columbia, the state enjoys a humid, subtropical climate, and in the summer this means one thing: pests.
The fact that pests and bug infestations are seasonal should come as no surprise to Maryland’s homeowners. All sorts of creatures, the weird and the wonderful, start their annual reproductive cycles as the temperatures rise in the spring. When bugs spawn in large numbers, seasonal problems can occur.
What are Seasonal Pests?
Humidity levels in Maryland provide pests with access to the water they need to survive. Insects, spiders and small mammals can all be categorized as seasonal pests. In Howard County, for example, all three types of pests are present during the summer months. Although these pests tend to be visible in lower numbers throughout the winter, they return again the following year. Dealing with them sooner rather than later is advisable.
Examples of Seasonal Pests in Maryland
There are all sorts of pests in Maryland. Here are some of the more seasonal ones.
- Brown marmorated stink bugs migrate to homes in the fall to overwinter. They don’t do any damage or reproduce while in your home, but rather are a nuisance as they enter your living space during the winter and spring months. Caulking gaps & cracks around windows, doors, and other areas on the exterior can help, but should be done before November.
- Another much more unpleasant pest is the yellow jacket, which is found all over Maryland. The workers are particularly aggressive and tend to sting. These creatures favor wooded land and are at their greatest numbers in mid-summer. They’re attracted by food odors and are a pest at picnics or any time you eat outdoors.
- Rodents are an entirely different sort of pest and are often a problem for homeowners, as buildings provide shelter for rats, mice, and squirrels. Homeowners can discourage pests by making sure food is not left out overnight and patching holes in foundations, walls and roofs. Many of these creatures can carry disease and shouldn’t be handled.
Dealing with Seasonal Pests, Their Habitats and Infestation
Taking action before the problem is out of control is one of the best ways to handle an infestation of insects, spiders or rodents. A few half-hearted counter measures with the treatment of pests is no substitute for bringing in a professional from the beginning. Remember that many pests tend to grow in numbers from spring into mid-summer, depending on the availability of suitable habitat, before dying off by late summer.
Have Pests and Need To Take Action?
With over three decades of experience dealing with pests in Howard County, Maryland, Eco Care takes an integrated and scientific approach to getting rid of seasonal pests ensuring they don’t come back. We implement an integrated, scientific approach to ridding your home of pests for good. Our specially trained field technicians inspect and treat your home and conduct a thorough environmental survey.
What kind of PEST is that?
Ask Erich, our board certified entomologist. He’ll quickly identify your pest and find a solution for your problem.